The other day I asked to myself what’s the one thing that will draw birds to our backyards like a magnet? And I said WATER! So I went to the library to investigate…
And found that just as important as food wild birds need water to drink and bathe. If you provide it, winged activity will surely follow.
But don’t think a traditional birdbath is the only way to take the plunge. Experts have come up with all sorts of unique and easy ideas to create a perfect watering hole-from using recycled containers as makeshift baths to building elaborate backyard ponds.
Try some of these hints:
- A couple of nestle terracotta colored plastic drainage trays, (the kind used under potted plants) placed in the rings of a tomato cage, use them as birdbath. - Often spray water on the trees and shrubs, which keeps them healthy and also attracts ours winged friends. - Most birds prefer shallow water no more than 1 or 2 inches. - To prevent messy buildup , put a bucket of water aside for a few days before adding it to the birdbath, it seems to slow the growth of algae.
I hope you can implement any of these tips and I invite you to add any other hint by commenting on this blog.
We are celebrating our first year as a team ever. We are so happy to have such wonderful and friendly members. It was not easy for us to create this team. It was a huge challenge but we trusted our feelings and good energy to do it! We had the good luck to find amazing people during our journey and we thank you all for your support, trust and friendship.
So today is our celebration and we invite you to be part of this great and amazing day! Let's celebrate together! Go Spanglish Team!
Our Piñata Giveaway will start today, Wednesday Nov 11th till Sunday Nov 15th.
Inside this great Piñata handmade by Lolos are 15 wonderful presents from our members.
Anyone, except team members can participate. In order to win this Giveaway you have to follow the rules, please.
- Visit some member stores ( choose from some of the 15 members) and tell us what you like from their shop and copy the http code of that page :-)
-Follow our team blog.
-Make a blog post about this Piñata giveaway.
-Sign up for our e-mail updates with feedburner up on the right column. It’s free and if you change your mind later, you can always unsubscribe
-Tweet about our giveaway, shops and follow us on twitter. Come back and post it here.
-Make a treasury featuring our 15 members that are participating in this giveaway. Don't forget to post the link to visit the treasury. ( For the reserve you can add another team member to complete the list ).
-Bring a friend to our blog and have her/him leave us a note saying who referred her/him. Let us know here.
-Please leave an email or where to contact you, in case you’re the lucky winner.
Note: Limit seven entries per person.
The raffle will be held on Sunday 15th of Nov until 10:00 pm East and the result will be published Monday 16th at 2:00pm East.
Now we invite you to discover what it is inside the Piñata.
- 1/2 cup of butter - 1/2 cup of sugar - 1 teaspoon of salt - 1 tablespoon of anise seed - 1 1/4 teaspoon of dry yeast - 1/2 cup of milk - 1/2 cup of water - 4 eggs - About 3 - 4 1/2 cups of flour - 2 teaspoons orange zest - 1/2 cup with sugar - 1/4 cup orange juice - 1 tablespoon orange zest - 2 tablespoon white sugar
1. Heat the milk and the butter together in a medium saucepan, until the butter melts. Remove from the heat and add them warm water. 2. In a large bowl combine 1 cup of the flour, yeast, salt, anise seed and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Beat in the warm milk mixture then add the eggs and orange zest and beat until well combined. Stir in 1/2 cup of flour and continue adding more flour until the dough is soft. 3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. 4. Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size. This will take about 1 to 2 hours. Punch the dough down and shape it into a large round loaf with a round knob on top. 5. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for about 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven let cool slightly then brush with glaze.
To make glaze:
In a small saucepan combine the 1/4 cup sugar, orange juice and orange zest. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 2 minutes. Brush over top of bread while still warm. Sprinkle glazed bread with white sugar.
This tiny little island has many names, and a big spirit. The beautiful island that holds my heritage is Puerto Rico. I was born and raised in New York, but I am known to everyone as a Puerto Rican, (or Nuyorican to some.) I love and am very proud to have been raised as an American citizen, but to me there has never been any denial of the place from where my culture hails.
Within its 3435 square miles (8897 km2), the island not only has it’s own National Rainforest (El Yunque), but also the largest radio telescope in the world: SETI Observatory in Arecibo. There are so many different sides to this treasure in the Caribbean. Puerto Ricans are a beautiful mixture of Taino Indian, European, Spanish, and African. We come in all shapes, sizes and shades.
What I remember most about my trips to visit family, is how laid back and accepting people are. There is a huge trust that God will always take care of any problem we have. Some of my favorite memories revolve around food (my favorite subject). Even if you listen to a lot of our Christmas music, it revolves around food:
I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my mami, helping her make pasteles. She would make the “maza” and filling, and I would put a spoonful in the wrapper and wrapt them, anticipating the moment when we could finally devour them! She would labor over these every Christmas, and sadly I have not taken the time out to make them myself, but I hope to this year. A lot of people compare pastels to tamales, but they are a little different.
On of the prettiest songs I’ve heard is En Mi Viejo San Juan. I used to see my mom get a tear in her eyes thinking about her homeland, and being so far away. Now I do the same, as I always say that one day I will return to visit my parents land, and mine.
Mount Rainier National Park was established on March 2, 1899, and encompasses 235,625 acres, ranging in elevation from 1,610' to 14,410' above sea level. The "mountain" is an active volcano encased in over 35 square miles of snow and ice, surrounded by old growth forest and stunning wildflower meadows. The park is also rich in cultural resources and was designated a National Historic Landmark District as an outstanding example of early park planning and rustic architecture. If you're looking for scenic drives or challenging hikes, or to enjoy historic architecture or mountain climbing, Mount Rainierhas something for you. The view is spectacular!
This is only one of the hundreds of places you can enjoy mother nature here!, I would recommend it for a family trip, very peaceful place on Earth!
Land of the Mapuche warrior, of the good wine and the coveted copper. Long and narrow, from North to South, with its arid deserts and fertile green valleys. Land of songwriters and wholehearted poets that sing of illusion and hope. Dreamers and fighters with 200 years of living and thinking of love.
From the distance, I celebrate my 18th, cooking empanadas, and drinking my good wine while listening to a song.
The team is open to Latin immigrants that have adapted to this society which is so different from that of our countries of origin, and to second and third generation Latin-American descendants, like Chicanos that have grown up in two cultures and have evolved that particular and widespread hybrid language we call Spanglish. We also welcome Spanish-speaking Americans interested in our culture. One of the main objectives is to preserve and revitalize this culture among our community and take advantage of the extraordinary artistic and creative heritage by acknowledging our common and yet diverse roots.